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Consumer Alert: Food Safety Inspectors Conduct Recall Effectiveness Checks on certain Tyson and Conagra Frozen Chicken Products

May 06, 2019

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) Consumer Food Safety Inspectors are conducting recall effectiveness checks on certain Tyson frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products and certain Conagra frozen chicken products. Over the weekend, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that both, Tyson Foods, Inc. and Conagra Brands, Inc., issued Class I recalls on certain frozen chicken products.

Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. This is an expansion of the March 21, 2019, recall, which consisted of 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products. The scope of this recall expansion now includes an additional 11,760,424 pounds of product. A chart containing the list of products subject to the recall is available at Tyson Foods, Inc. Chicken Strip Recall Product list. To view labels of the recalled products, visit View Labels

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package. These items were shipped to retail and Department of Defense locations nationwide, for institutional use nationwide and to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.

In addition, USDA-FSIS announced that Conagra Brands, Inc., a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,094,186 pounds of frozen entrees due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice are frozen, heat treated, not fully cooked and not shelf stable. They were produced on various dates between Oct. 1, 2018 and April 11, 2019, with “Best By” dates of Sept. 26, 2019 through April 5, 2020. A chart containing the list of products subject to the recall is available at Conagra Brands, Inc. P.F. Chang’s Product Recall list. To view labels of the recalled products, visit View Labels.

The products subject to this recall bear establishment number “EST. P-115,” which appears on the panel above the nutritional statement as “P115” along with the best by date. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide and impacts only the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products listed. It does not include any product sold at P.F. Chang’s restaurants.

The problem was discovered when Conagra Brands, Inc. conducted a routine label verification check and determined that the product did not declare milk on the label. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the Tyson recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Worth Sparkman, Public Relations Manager, Tyson Foods, Inc., at Worth.Sparkman@Tyson.com (479) 290-6358.

Consumers with questions about the Conagra recall can contact 1-800-860-3498. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Kristine Mulford, Manager of Communications at Conagra Brands, Inc. at Kristine.Mulford@conagra.com or at (312) 549-5522.

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